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  • Thomas Hickey returned to action on Saturday October 25.
    18 minutes ago
  • Joel Ward pots two as Caps down Flames 3-1
    Joel Ward scored two times for the Capitals in their 3-1 win over the Flames on Saturday night.

    Advice: Don’t let Ward’s four goals and five points fool you. He has just 11 shots on net and has surpassed the 20-goal mark once in his career. He could finish with around 45 points this year, so there isn't a ton of offensive upside from the veteran depth player. Nicklas Backstrom had the other goal. Matt Niskanen, Karl Alzter, Brooks Orpik and Michael Latta registered the assists. Orpik also had 10 hits in the game.
    Today, 10:06 pm
  • Braden Holtby bounces back with 20-save win
    Braden Holtby bounced back Saturday night with 20 saves in the Capitals’ 3-1 win over the Flames.

    Advice: Holtby gave up three goals in a loss to Edmonton a game prior, so this was nice to see. He’s a sleeper this season as someone who could reach the upper tier of the league’s netminders. Holtby is now playing behind a much more structured team defensively, so that should help his cause. He has a 1.92 goals-against average and .922 save percentage.
    Today, 10:05 pm
  • Dennis Wideman scores in fourth straight game
    Dennis Wideman lit the lamp for the Flames, but they still lost to the Capitals on Saturday night 3-1.

    Advice: Wideman is on fire, with goals in four straight games, to give him five goals and six points on the year. While he is an offensive defenseman -- he recorded his 300th career point -- he won’t be shooting 31 percent for the entire season. Around 15 goals and 45 points is certainly possible with such a hot start. Kris Russell and Jiri Hudler got the assists. Brandon Bollig had 14 penalty minutes, while Curtis Glencross picked up 12.
    Today, 10:04 pm
  • Karri Ramo makes 27 saves in loss to Caps
    Karri Ramo lost his third straight game Saturday night against the Capitals, 3-1.

    Advice: Ramo made 27 saves in the loss. Signed during the offseason, it was expected Jonas Hiller would be the number-one guy in net. However, through ten games each goalie has five starts and coach Bob Hartley has continued to alternate on a game-by-game basis. Thus, this is a tough situation for fantasy owners and one that will have to be resolved in time. Ramo has a 2.38 goals-against average and .914 save percentage this season.
    Today, 10:03 pm
  • Ekman-Larsson nets overtime game-winner
    Oliver Ekman-Larsson netted the overtime game-winning goal for the Coyotes in their 2-1 victory over the Panthers on Saturday night.

    Advice: Ekman-Larsson’s second goal (and fifth point) of the season came on the power play, and he played 26:47 in the win. It’s hard to believe Ekman-Larsson is still only 23 years old. A 44-point campaign, which he posted last season, seems like the floor for his production. Justin Hodgman also scored for the Coyotes, the first goal of his career. Sam Gagner and Lauri Korpikoski picked up assists.
    Today, 9:14 pm
  • Mike Smith's confidence growing; Yotes win
    Mike Smith blocked 23 shots in the Coyotes’ 2-1 overtime win against the Panthers on Saturday night.

    Advice: That’s more like it. Smith has now given up two goals in his last two outings, after giving up 16 over his first three. Arizona’s thin playoff hopes depend on Smith. He has a 3.80 goals-against average and .867 save percentage this season. Smith has the potential to be a pretty good fantasy netminder this year.
    Today, 9:12 pm
  • Roberto Luongo valiant in overtime loss
    Roberto Luongo did all he could to give the Panthers a chance to win Saturday night, but his 39-save effort earned them just a point in a 2-1 overtime loss to the Coyotes.

    Advice: Luongo deserved better. The Panthers took a 1-0 lead early in the third period, but Florida's penalties were its undoing, as both Coyotes goals were scored on the man advantage. Luongo is not letting a tough situation get him down in the early going, posting a 2.57 goals-against average and .917 save percentage this season.
    Today, 9:11 pm
  • Brandon Pirri scores in second straight game
    Brandon Pirri notched the only goal for the Panthers in their 2-1 overtime loss to the Coyotes on Saturday night.

    Advice: Pirri now has two goals, the only ones of the year, in his last two games. The 23-year-old is trying to carve out a regular role in Florida, so he’s not playable yet in fantasy leagues. Tomas Fleischmann and Jussi Jokinen set up the goal. Nick Bjugstad led the team with five shots on goal.
    Today, 9:10 pm
  • James Neal a nonfactor against Penguins
    James Neal had two shots on goal against the Penguins in the Predators’ 3-0 loss Saturday night.

    Advice: Facing his old team for the first time since the big offseason trade, Neal wasn’t very effective, especially when considering he started the majority of the time in the offensive zone. He also had two penalty minutes. Neal has five goals on the year. Derek Roy led the Predaotrs with three shots on goal.
    Today, 8:15 pm
    L, 3-0 vs Pit
  • Lundqvist can't exorcise Bell Centre demons
    Henrik Lundqvist kicked aside 27 shots in the Rangers’ 3-1 loss to the Canadiens on Saturday night.

    Advice: Lundqvist gave up the first goal when he was hung out to dry during a Rangers’ power play, an easy two-on-nothing marker for Tomas Plekanec. He’d give up a goal in each of the next two periods, too. The loss ended his mini three-game winning streak. Lundqvist hasn't won at the Bell Centre in the regular season since March 17, 2009. He has a 3.14 goals-against average and .895 save percentage this season. If there’s anyone in your league sour on Lundqvist due to this slow start, inquire about what it would take to get him, immediately.
    Today, 7:42 pm
  • Henrik Lundqvist aims for rare win in MTL
    For whatever reason, New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist hasn't had much success in road games against the Montreal Canadiens lately.

    Advice: He hasn't started a regular season game at the Bell Centre since Jan. 15, 2012 and hasn't won there since Marc. 17, 2009, according to's Arpon Basu.
    Today, 10:03 am
  • James Neal, Patric Hornqvist have motivation
    Nashville Predators forward James Neal and Pittsburgh Penguins winger Patric Hornqvist both have added motivation for Saturday night as they face their respective former teams in the first head-to-head match since the big trade.

    Advice: Though not a guarantee, that motivation can often mean fantasy hockey dividends, whether it comes down to extra points or PIM. Neal is on a hot streak (all five goals in his last four games including Thursday's hat trick), while Hornqvist has been held off the board in his last two games. Both aren't shy about shooting, either.
    Today, 9:35 am
    L, 3-0 vs Pit
  • Luongo to start Saturday v Arizona
    Look for Roberto Luongo to start in goal Saturday against Arizona.

    Advice: He is coming off a 4-3 OT win over Colorado Tuesday and has had a nice stretch of days to rest. Luongo should be fresh against the Coyotes.
    Today, 7:14 am
  • Patric Hornqvist to face former teammates
    Patric Hornqvist will face his former teammates from Nashville for the first time on Saturday.

    Advice: The Predators will host the Penguins as Hornqvist and Nick Spaling will make their first appearance back in Nashville since the off-season deal. The deal has worked out for both sides thus far with Hornqvist compiling four goals and eight points in six games while James Neal, who went to the Predators has five goals for Nashville in the early going.
    Today, 6:28 am
  • Joe Colborne tied for second in assists
    Joe Colborne is tied for second place in the NHL with eight assists.

    Advice: He was tied for the lead heading into action on Friday when Ryan Getzlaf of the Ducks picked up his ninth helper of the season. Colborne has been a pleasant surprise for the Flames offensively with this outburst. This is his third NHL team as he was drafted by the Bruins in the first round of the 2008 Draft and then dealt to the Maple Leafs who traded him to his hometown of Calgary before the start of last season. He could hit the 50 point mark this season so he may be worthy of a waiver wire pickup in your pool.
    Today, 3:26 am
  • Karri Ramo to get the start Saturday
    Karri Ramo will be between the pipes on Saturday when the Flames host the Washington Capitals.

    Advice: The Flames have been splitting the net evenly between Ramo and Jonas Hiller and Saturday is Ramo's turn in goal. He is coming off a 2-1 overtime loss to Tampa Bay on Tuesday in which he kicked aside 19 saves. Ramo is 2-1-1 this season with a 2.20 GAA and a .917 save percentage.
    Today, 3:18 am
  • Devante Smith-Pelly continues to shine
    Devante Smith-Pelly continues to shine on the first line with the Ducks.

    Advice: Coach Bruce Boudreau is thrilled with the play of Smith-Pelly and it's going to take some effort in the short term to knock him off the top unit with Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf. "From the beginning of training camp until now, it’s night and day," Boudreau said. "And when he’s finishing checks and being involved in the game, he’s a real dynamic player. People don’t realize he’s almost 220 pounds." Smith-Pelly scored his second of the season on Friday and while he doesn't see a lot of time on the power play, he is still only 22. He led the Ducks in playoff scoring last season with five goals in 12 games so that should tell you a lot about his talent.
    Today, 12:58 am
  • Blake Wheeler notches third goal vs. Tampa
    Blake Wheeler found a way to beat Ben Bishop on Friday night, unfortunately it was too little too late as the Jets fell 4-2.

    Advice: It was as though the puck and his stick were magnetically charged because Wheeler found a the puck, twice, in a crowd before whirling and scoring in the third. It was his third of the season. He led all skaters with eight shots and skated 20:58 with just under seven minutes of special teams play.
    Yesterday, 9:19 pm
  • Thomas Hickey returned to action on Thursday October 23.
    Yesterday, 7:57 am
  • Mike Smith takes step in right direction
    Mike Smith didn't earn a victory on Thursday, but he saw it as a step in the right direction.

    Advice: Smith turned aside 27 of 29 shots, which helps move him away from his disastrous start to the 2014-15 campaign. It's too much to hope that Smith will have a repeat of his 2011-12 campaign when he was one of the league's top goaltenders, but he could end up being a solid starter this season.
    Yesterday, 7:02 am
  • Mike Smith and Coyotes' slump continue
    Mike Smith lost his third game in four starts during this young season as the Coyotes were taken down Thursday night versus the Wild.

    Advice: Smith posted his best outing of the season on Thursday, making 27 stops on 29 shots, but the Coyotes managed to provide no offense in the 2-0 loss. Smith is 1-3 with an .849 save percentage and a 4.54 goals against average so far this year. Expect Smith to bring his numbers back to a respectable level in the coming weeks.
    Thursday, 9:17 pm
  • James Neal fires home three goals in NSH win
    James Neal lit the lamp three times for a natural hat trick on Thursday night as the Predators edged out the Blackhawks 3-2.

    Advice: Neal scored a goal in each period and now has five goals in his past four games, the only points he has through seven games this season. Acquired during the off-season in a trade from Pittsburgh, Neal is living up to the offensive hopes he brought to Nashville. Rookie Filip Forsberg notched assists on two of Neal's goals against Hawks goaltender Antti Raanta.
    Thursday, 8:45 pm
    L, 3-0 vs Pit
  • Dennis Wideman earns praise of coach
    Dennis Wideman has gotten back on Flames head coach Bob Hartley's good side.

    Advice: Hartley surprised a lot of people when he decided to make Wideman a healthy scratch a couple weeks back. Wideman has been hot lately though with three goals and four points in four games. "Wides has been unbelievable," Hartley said. "He's playing great. He's jumping in the play. He's generating some good offence while playing good defense, and that's what we need."
    Thursday, 5:32 am
  • Braden Holtby makes just 17 saves in loss
    Braden Holtby stopped 17-of-20 shots fired his way in the Capitals 3-2 loss to the Oilers on Wednesday.

    Advice: Holtby got a little unlucky on the game winning goal as the point shot was a knuckle-puck that got through a screen in front of him but other than that he didn't have too much to complain about. It wasn't really a great performance from the Caps' number one. Holtby still owns a solid 2.17 GAA to go with a .917 save percentage in five appearances this season.
    Wednesday, 9:44 pm
  • Mike Smith will start for Arizona Thursday
    Mike Smith will be back between the pipes on Thursday.

    Advice: Smith spent Tuesday's contest warming the bench. This is a chance for him to turn his season around after posting a 5.33 GAA and .822 save percentage in three starts.
    Wednesday, 3:07 pm
  • Oliver Ekman-Larsson has 4 points in 5 games
    Oliver Ekman-Larsson recorded an assist in the Coyotes' 4-3 shootout loss to Nashville.

    Advice: Ekman-Larsson has recorded a point in four of his first five games, giving him a goal and three assists this season. He set a new career-high with 44 points last season and it wouldn't surprise us if he matched or marginally surpassed that mark.
    Wednesday, 6:39 am
  • Roberto Luongo picks up win 375
    Roberto Luongo made 30 saves in picking up career win number 375 in the Panthers' 4-3 OT win over Colorado on Tuesday.

    Advice: It wasn't his best outing as he was shaky during the second period where he allowed three straight goals and gave away a two-goal lead, but was still solid enough to let his team get the win. Bobby Lu is now 2-2-1 with a 2.70 GAA to go with a .906 save percentage as Florida's unquestioned number one.
    Tuesday, 9:55 pm
  • Karri Ramo makes 21 saves in loss
    Karri Ramo stopped 19-21 of shots for the Flames in a 2-1 OT loss to Tampa Bay on Tuesday.

    Advice: Ramo got the start and was solid until the latter stages of the game where he allowed two juicy rebounds that resulted in Lightning goals. The Flames have divided the starts evenly between Ramo and Jonas Hiller thus far as both goalies have very serviceable in a good start to the season for the Flames. With the loss, Ramo falls to 2-1-1 with a 2.20 GAA to go with a .917 save percentage.
    Tuesday, 9:43 pm
  • Dennis Wideman scores in Flames' OT loss
    Dennis Wideman scored the lone goal for the Flames in a 2-1 OT loss to the Lightning on Tuesday night.

    Advice: Wideman opened the scoring for both teams on an early power-play for the Flames in this contest. The veteran d-man potted a one-timer opportunity set up by the whiz kid rookie Johnny Gaudreau. Kris Russell also picked up a helper on what would be the lone goal of the night for Calgary.
    Tuesday, 9:26 pm
  • King Henrik and Rangers beat Devs in OT
    Henrik Lundqvist and the New York Rangers went into New Jersey Tuesday night and upended the Devils in overtime by a score of 4-3.

    Advice: King Henrik turned aside 28 of 31 shots in the victory and has shaken off a poor stretch to post three straight wins. His record now stands at 4-2-0 while his GAA is 3.15 and his save percentage checks in at .894.
    Tuesday, 7:04 pm
  • Thomas Hickey leaves after scary skate cut
    New York Islanders defenseman left Tuesday's game against Toronto after being cut in the face by a skate.

    Advice: Hickey immediately left the ice and went to the dressing room for treatment and no updates have been released by the team regarding his condition. Let's hope the matter isn't a serious one.
    Tuesday, 6:18 pm
  • Karri Ramo is expected to start Tuesday
    Karri Ramo will play between the pipes on Tuesday.

    Advice: The Calgary Flames have been dividing the goaltending workload evenly between Ramo and Jonas Hiller. Ramo has a 2.30 GAA and .920 save percentage in three starts.
    Tuesday, 2:24 pm
  • James Neal got on the board Friday for Preds
    James Neal picked up his first goal as a member of the Predators last Friday.

    Advice: He has posted 16 shots and no assists in five games this season, but the goal may get him going now. "It felt good, get the monkey off your back," Neal said. "Gives you a little confidence, it was nice to get that first one."
    Tuesday, 8:11 am
    L, 3-0 vs Pit
  • Mike Smith takes blame for slow start
    Mike Smith has taken full responsibility for his early season struggles.

    Advice: Smith has a 5.33 GAA and .822 save percentage in three starts. "I don't need to bring anyone else into this," Smith said. "It's me and only me, and I've been through it tons of times in my career. You shrug it off your shoulder, and it's obviously not even close to what I'm capable of, and I know that, and I understand that, and the team needs more from me." He added that he can't dwell on that as the team works to gain some momentum. Arizona is 2-2-0 so far this season.
    Tuesday, 5:21 am
  • Henrik Lundqvist posts shutout against SJ
    Henrik Lundqvist stopped all 33 shots he faced in New York’s 4-0 win over the San Jose Sharks on Sunday.

    Advice: After allowing six goals in back-to-back games, Lundqvist has now allowed just one goal in his last two starts. Despite the slow start, the Rangers goaltender should still be considered an elite goalie in the NHL.
    Sunday, 4:42 pm
  • Pirri makes season debut in loss to Capitals
    Brandon Pirri made his season debut against the Washington Capitals on Saturday.

    Advice: Pirri was inserted into the lineup because of an injury to Dave Bolland. Pirri played 13:00 minutes in the game and had three shots on goal. "I thought he was good," said head coach Gerrard Gallant of Pirri. "He’s a skill player and put two or three shots up and had a chance." He has no fantasy value going forward.
    Sunday, 8:48 am
  • Devante Smith-Pelly skates on first line
    Devante Smith-Pelly skated on the first line in practice Saturday.

    Advice: Smith-Pelly joined Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry on the first unit as Patrick Maroon is out about a month with a sprained MCL and Dany Heatley is also out of action with a groin injury. "Watching them bring it every night [last season], you see what it takes to be an elite player," Smith-Pelly said. "Last year in the playoffs helped me, I feel much more comfortable with them." Smith-Pelly gets a fantasy boost with this move.
    Sunday, 3:44 am
  • Mike Smith awful again, gives up six goals
    Mike Smith might want to throw out this game tape, as the netminder gave up six goals against the St. Louis in Arizona’s 6-1 loss Saturday night.

    Advice: He faced 36 shots, for a .833 save percentage on the night. The Coyotes had no answer for a Blues power play that went 4-for-4. Smith has been awful this season, and right now it’s very hard to recommend starting him on a nightly basis. He has given up 16 goals in three starts. It might be best to reserve him for the time being. He has an unsightly 5.33 goals-against average and .822 save percentage.
    Saturday, 9:47 pm
  • Hornqvist a force again: 2G, 1A, 12 SOG
    Patric Hornqvist registered two goals, one on the power play, and an assist in the Penguins’ 3-1 win over the Islanders on Saturday night.

    Advice: It’s still very early, but the returns on Hornqvist with two of the best centers in the game in Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin are very promising. Granted, the final goal came via the empty net, but Hornqvist is clearly thriving in Pittsburgh, with points in all four games and eight in total. Oh yeah, he also had a whopping 12 shots on goal in Saturday’s win. Malkin also had a strong game with a power-play goal and an assist. Crosby had two assists.
    Saturday, 8:34 pm
  • Thomas Hickey pots only goal for Islanders
    Thomas Hickey scored the lone goal for the Islanders in their 3-1 loss to the Penguins on Saturday night.

    Advice: Brock Nelson and Ryan Strome had the assists. The goal was his first of the season, after a 22-point 2013-14 campaign. Hickey’s offensive upside is limited, but he could get into the 30-point range this season. Travis Hamonic had 17 penalty minutes in the loss.
    Saturday, 8:33 pm
  • Brandon Pirri takes Dave Bolland's FLA spot
    With Dave Bolland out, Brandon Pirri looks to get in the Florida Panthers' lineup against the Washington Capitals on Saturday.

    Advice: Pirri actually enjoyed some solid moments with Florida (14 points in 21 games), but not to the extent to be particularly fantasy-relevant or even good enough to be an everyday player for the Panthers.
    Saturday, 3:42 pm
  • Luongo passes Roy on alltime shutout list
    With his shutout Friday night against the Sabres, Roberto Luongo passed Patrick Roy on the all-time leading shutout list.

    Advice: He is now 14th on that list with 67 shutouts. Luongo has taken a lot of criticism for his play over the past few seasons but there is no denying he has had a tremendous career to date. He also seems to love playing for a low-pressure team like the Panthers.
    Saturday, 7:15 am
  • Pirri to make Florida debut v Caps Saturday
    Look for Brandon Pirri to make his season debut Saturday night against Washington.

    Advice: He had been a healthy scratch for the Panthers' first four games but should draw back in even if Dave Bolland, who suffered a lower-body injury Friday night, will be able to suit up. Pirri is not really a fantasy factor as he will not play on one of the Cats' top lines nor get significant power-play ice time.
    Saturday, 7:09 am
  • Karri Ramo allows three goals in loss
    Karri Ramo stopped 23 of 26 shots in Calgary's 3-2 loss to Columbus on Friday night.

    Advice: Ramo allowed three goals in the first 28 minutes of action but he shut the door the rest of the way. Many envisioned Jonas Hiller starting the majority of Calgary's games, but both Ramo and Hiller have started three games each so far this season. Ramo is now 2-1-0 on the season and owns a 2.29 goals-against-average and a .920 save percentage. You may want to stay away from Calgary goaltenders until they decide on a starter.
    Friday, 7:33 pm
  • Roberto Luongo shuts out Sabres on Friday
    Roberto Luongo stopped all 26 shots he faced in Friday's 1-0 over the Buffalo Sabres.

    Advice: The win was Luongo's first of the 2014-15 season. The 35-year-old has played pretty well this season but probably isn't going to win many games this season. The Panthers are in the middle of a rebuild, but if they hope to make the playoffs, they will need Luongo to stand on his head for the entire season. Sean Bergenheim scored the game's only goal.
    Friday, 7:01 pm
  • Karri Ramo will start versus Columbus
    Karri Ramo will be between the pipes for Calgary on Friday night.

    Advice: He has split the games evenly with Jonas Hiller so far. Ramo owns a 2-0-0 record to go with a 1.92 goals-against average and a .934 save percentage.
    Friday, 3:06 pm
  • Mike Smith will probably start Saturday
    Mike Smith is the probable goaltender for Saturday's game against St. Louis.

    Advice: Coyotes coach Dave Tippett hasn't come to a final decision, but that's the way he's leaning. Smith has gotten off to a rough start with a 5.00 GAA and .815 save percentage in two games.
    Friday, 1:46 am
  • Braden Holtby steers Caps to lopsided victory
    Braden Holtby and the Caps cruised to a 6-2 victory over the Devils on Thursday night, as the 25-year-old made 26 saves for the win.

    Advice: Holtby has been superb this season, save for a brief, forgettable performance on Tuesday night versus San Jose. The Lloydminster, Sask. native is 2-0-1 this season with a .932 save percentage and 1.85 goals against average.
    Thursday, 8:42 pm
  • Carolina nets just one on Henrik Lundqvist
    Yes, "The King", Henrik Lundqvist allowed just one goal to Carolina Thursday night.

    Advice: The Rangers weren't great, but Lundqvist sure was. Stopping 29-30 shots in 65 minutes of play, plus all eight shots he saw while on special teams, and all three shootout attempts. In four starts this season The King has been beated 15 times, but 12 of them came in his second and third starts combined.
    Thursday, 8:24 pm
  • Mike Smith allows four goals in first win
    Mike Smith allowed four goals on 27 shots in Arizona's 7-4 win over Edmonton to record his first win of the season

    Advice: Mike Smith admitted to not feeling comfortable in his first start of the season and wasn't exactly lights out in his second outing either. "There was progress in his game but I'm sure he'd still like to get better," said Mike Tippett following the game. In his defense, two goals were brutal giveaways right in front of his net to Taylor Hall but still, we expect more from a goalie of his caliber. Smith will bring his 1-1 record with a goals against average of 5.00 and save percentage of .815 into his next start.
    Wednesday, 11:18 pm
  • Patric Hornqvist benefiting from Crosby
    Patric Hornqvist is capitalizing on the opportunity to play alongside Sidney Crosby.

    Advice: "Oh yeah, for sure. Playing with Sid makes it easier out there," said Hornqvist. "He's one of the best players in the world. He can make things happen from nothing. He’s so strong on the puck, and you just have to skate a lot and try to get open when you play with him." Hornqvist has two goals and four points in two games. If he stays on the top line, Hornqvist should surpass his previous career-high of 53 points.
    Wednesday, 3:13 am
  • Smith-Pelly gets his first goal of 2014-15
    Devante Smith-Pelly scored his first goal of the season on Tuesday.

    Advice: Smith-Pelly had two goals and 10 points in 19 games in 2013-14. He's been getting decent minutes so far this season and it wouldn't surprise us if he surpasses the 40-point mark as a result.
    Wednesday, 2:18 am
  • Karri Ramo makes 19 saves to earn win
    Karri Ramo stopped 19-of-21 shots in regulation time and OT while out-dueling Pekka Rinne in a shootout in the Flames 3-2 win on Tuesday.

    Advice: Ramo was perfect in the shoot-out and made some high quality saves in the third period to help back-stop the Flames to an impressive win in Nashville. It is the second win in as many starts for Ramo, and as it stands right now, he has the upper hand on Jonas Hiller for the Calgary starting job.
    Tuesday, 9:49 pm
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